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The Michigan Daily--Friday, August 10, 1979-Page 7
Reaction to AATA
service plan varied
By SARA ANSPACII the passes will be issued. Low-income
Community members with special in- passengers will have to receive cer-
terests in public transportation ex- tification from one of several social
pressed diverse opinions yesterday on service agencies every six months to be
fare hikes and service revisions ap- eligible for the discount, Debbie John-
proved at Wednesday's Ann Arbor son, a member of the Organizing Com-
Transportation Authority (AATA) mittee Against Cutbacks, said. She
board meeting, but most said they called the certification requirement
believed the AATA board had been at "another hassle poor people will have
least somewhat responsive to the cam- to deal with."
munity's concerns. The Organizing Committee Against
Some of the services approved Wed- Cutbacks, formed to emphasize to the
nesday, including evening Dial-A-Ride board the community's transportation
(DAR) and discounts for low-income needs, will gather reactions from the
riders, were not among the board's community before it decides if further
original proposals. Many said they felt action is necessary, she said.
the amount of public interest expressed ALMOST EVERYONE contacted
on these issues persuaded the board to said he or she was pleased AATA would
add evening Dial-A-Ride and discounts still offer Dial-A-Ride service in the
to its final plan. evening, since this service provides
SUSAN MESSER, a staff member of women with a safe mode of transpor-
Ann Arbor Legal Aid, said she was tation at night.
"real glad" the board retained discount "Upping the fare at this time is going
passes for low-income passengers. to make more go out and use their cars
"Low-income people travel almost ex- or whatever," said Patricia Minott,
clusively on public transportation,"she president of the Transportation Em-
said. 'pployees Union. She added that the union
Another community member, opposed the fare hike from 35 to 50 cen-
however, said even though she favors '
the low-income discounts, she had She said it doesn't look like "there
reservations about the method in which See REACTION, Page8

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Serving Uncle Sam
This Woman Marine, or WM in marine parlance, is one of the 30,000 U.S.
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do not take part in combat,
Emotionally unstable man
survives 60 foot plunge
By TIM YAGLE 7:30 a.m. yesterday. Borkewicz told
A man found in some bushes on the Minick he jumped from the bridge
city's north side yesterday morning ap- "because the CIA was on his tail" while
parently survived a 60-foot fall from an he was on route to Cuba, Minick said.
overpass, according to a Washtenaw MINICK ADDED that Borkewicz has
County Sheriff's office spokesman. a history of mental illness and curren-
Sheriff Thomas Minick said a tly is under the care of a Saginaw
motorcyclist, found Peter Borlewicz, a psychiatrist.
Bridgeport resident in his early 20s, Borkewicz suffered a broken leg in
laying in brush along Barton Dr. Minick the fall and is in fair condition at
said Borkewicz apparently jumped - University Hospital, according to a
from the N. Main St. overpass around hospital spokesperson.
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